Monarch Conservation Toolbox

Pilot Projects

Pollinator Research in National Parks

Service national des parcs

United States


Agency Type

Target or Affiliated Species or Habitat

Original Language

The National Park Service has conducted several pollinator and butterfly surveys and inventories in national parks across the country. The studies include: a bee survey in Denali National Park; a butterfly inventory and a hummingbird survey in Rocky Mountain National Park; a bee monitoring program in the Boston harbor area; and a study of the effects of climate change on pollinators in the western Great Lakes region.

Several of the studies involved volunteer engagement that the public can participate in. Results are published in the Park Science magazine and contribute to the health of monarchs and other pollinators by improving our understanding of the status of pollinators in National Parks and identifying important areas for conservation based on the results of the studies (NPS 2016).

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